SHOP doors remained closed and blinds were left drawn as hundreds of mourners walked behind the coffin of a murdered mother-of-four.
The body of Patricia Kierans (54) was removed from the house in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, early on Saturday morning for her funeral Mass. Mourners packed St Anne's Church in the town to pay their final respects. Fr Olllie O'Reilly said a dark deed was done, adding: "We've all been floundering in darkness since that time."
Ms Kierans was laid to rest in St Anne's cemetery afterwards.
BURREN PLANS STOPPED
THE Government has ruled out any further state planning applications for visitor facilities at the Mullaghmore site in Burren National Park.
The site was the scene of one of the longest planning battles in the State's history, resulting in the State demolishing a partly-built visitor centre in 2000.
LIONS STAR LEADS CYCLE
RUGBY giant Sean O'Brien, pictured, is not content with just being a hero on the pitch – he also does his best off of it, as he has been busy helping to raise much-needed funds for the cancer ward at Crumlin Children's Hospital.
The Lions star was one of 300 people who participated in the 110km 'Cycle with Orla for Crumlin' event in Tullow, Co Carlow yesterday. The rugby star said he was "honoured" to lead the cycle with Orla Jackman (16), who has survived leukaemia.
MAN SPARED &EURO;10K FINE
A UNIVERSITY professor has been spared a fine of more than €10,150 after discovering he had a library book that was 47 years overdue.
Emeritus Professor John "Jack" Foster, from Queen's University Belfast, found the book by Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough had a due date stamp of October 11, 1966. But Queen's said it was pleased to get the book back and would not be looking for Professor Foster to stump up the €10,150 fine.
An article published in the Irish Independent on Thursday, September 12, headlined 'Decision should not be based on wealth, but on fairness' suggested that President Michael D Higgins delivered a pre-Budget warning to the Coalition. We are happy to clarify that President Higgins did not refer directly or indirectly to the forthcoming Budget in his speech.